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Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues', 1976 (printed 2004)

Robert McFarlane

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 50.8 cm x 60.8 cm, image: 40.6 cm x 49.6 cm)

Bruce Beresford (b. 1940), director, studied at Sydney University before moving to London in the early 1960s. He worked as a film editor in Nigeria and for Britain's Film Institute Production Board before teaming with Barry Humphries to make The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) and Barry McKenzie Holds his Own (1974). Successful at the box-office, these scandalous productions were sourly received by critics, but Beresford quickly established himself as a key figure in Australia's film renaissance with such classics as Don's Party (1976), The Getting of Wisdom (1977), Breaker Morant (1980) and The Club (1980). Robert McFarlane's photograph shows Beresford on the set of Puberty Blues (1981). It was the last film he made here before his Hollywood debut, Tender Mercies (1983), which earned him an Oscar nomination for best director. His 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy won four Academy Awards, including best picture - although Beresford himself was notoriously overlooked for nomination in the direction category. His subsequent pictures have included the acclaimed Black Robe (1991), Last Dance (1996), Double Jeopardy (1999) and And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003
© Robert McFarlane/Copyright Agency, 2020

Accession number: 2003.140

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Robert McFarlane (age 34 in 1976)

Bruce Beresford (age 36 in 1976)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.